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poltergeist (POLE-tuhr-gyst) noun

A ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.

[German : poltern, to make noises (from Middle High German boldern) + Geist, ghost, from Middle High German, from Old High German.]

"And the poltergeists still seem to be running riot. On September 8th, the main computer went down and the station began, for the third time since the crash, to drift out of its alignment to the sun." A haunted castle in the sky, The Economist, 13 Sep 1997.

This week's theme: words that violate the "i before e" rule.

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Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. -F. Scott Fitzgerald, [The Crackup]


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